CHARLESTON -- A portrayal of President Abraham Lincoln reminiscing about his days in Illinois will highlight the annual Lincoln Log Cabin Foundation dinner on Feb. 16.
The dinner raises money for the foundation, a support group for Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site, and will help fund a variety of programs for the site, foundation board President Lori Henderson said.
The dinner is scheduled for 6 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Unique Suites Hotel in Charleston and will feature a presentation by Lincoln portrayer George Buss of Freeport.
Henderson described Buss as a "crowd pleaser" who has portrayed Lincoln at the historic site's annual "Harvest Frolic" event.
The event will also include award presentations and a silent auction along with dinner. Henderson said the foundation is able to take reservations until Wednesday.
Tickets are $60 per person or $420 for a table of eight and reservations can be made on the historic site's website, www.lincolnlogcabin.org. The link for reservations is included in the information on the dinner.
Reservations can also be made by mailing payment to LLCF, 402 S. Lincoln Highway Road, Lerna, IL 62440.
Henderson said the dinner usually raises $7,000-$10,000 and the foundation has targeted three projects for funding this year.
One goal is to purchase a ram for the site's livestock program and another is to buy equipment to start a beekeeping program at the site this spring, she said.
The money raised will also help the site hire staff for its summer youth camps and programs, Henderson also said.
The awards that will be presented include the Kingsbury Service Award, which Henderson said will go to Bill and Mavis Lantz of Quincy. They have helped with the site's "Harvest Frolic" and with its accounting program, Henderson said.
Also, Elsie Carter will receive the Thomas and Sarah Lincoln Volunteer Award for her work at site events and its visitors center, as well as knitting scarves for the site's gift shop and being one of the top sellers of tickets for the site's quilt raffle, Henderson said.
Items for sale in the auction include two paintings by Coles County native Paul Sargent that Henderson said were donated after being in a private collection for 20 years.
She also said Bloomington lawyer and author Guy Fraker plans to attend the dinner.
Fraker has done research on Abraham Lincoln's time as an attorney in Illinois and is scheduled for a presentation on his research at the site on Feb. 17. Henderson said he won't make a formal presentation during the dinner but will be available to talk with guests.